Quotes Uncovered: Memorable Movie Lines


Two years ago, I asked for suggestions for the most memorable movie lines of recent years, to help with the next edition of The Yale Book of Quotations. Let me repeat my “bleg” from that time, and ask again for suggestions:

Now I turn to film quotes, which have probably supplanted literary quotations in cultural resonance. The American Film Institute has named the following as its top film quotes of all time:

  1. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Gone With the Wind
  2. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” The Godfather
  3. “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” On the Waterfront
  4. “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” The Wizard of Oz

I have no illusions that contemporary movie lines resemble such classics in any way, but precisely for the reason that things have gone downhill in the film quote world, I bleg for assistance in identifying the most memorable cinematic quotes of the 21st century so far. Please identify the film as well as the quote.


"My wife deserves revenge, whether I know about it or not." - Memento.

"I've got a little itch, down there. Would you mind?" - Casino Royale (2006)


Alex in Chicago

"Why so serious?"

Need I say where its from?

Bobby G

Big Lebowski
John Goodman as Walter Sobchak: "Nothing is fucked here, Dude. Come on, you're being very un-Dude."

Drill-Baby-Drill Drill Team

Luke, I am your father.
.......And Leia is your twin sister separated at birth(--who I tried to kill several times), and your mother and I are estranged(after I tried to kill her), and Ben Kenobi is our shared mentor( that I Killed ) and Yoda, a 3 ft muppet, knows it all, but talks like a fool. Don't even mention Jabba the Hut, the Space Cowboy Han Solo or the problems of Cloning Technology.

Yes the Universe is one Big, Mixed Up, Dysfunctional Family. Would it hurt to call once in a while?


The first line that comes to mind is Slumdog Millionaire's "It is written" which clearly touched a nerve with people, with bewilderment and long debates about it, for example this good debate on it: http://www.pandalous.com/topic/slumdog_millionaire_is

Pekka Taipale

"We're on a mission from God."
- The Blues Brothers


"use the force luke" - Star Wars


Use the force, Luke!


"The force will be with you " - Star Wars


William Wallace's speech at Stirling - Braveheart

"Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you will live -- at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"


"Run forrest run" - Forrest Gump


"I drink your milkshake"
There Will Be Blood

Charlie Marlin

Madagascar 2. King Julian: "It's nothing personal. We're just better than you."


Maureen Dowd had three lines in her column yesterday:

""What we've got here is failure to communicate." - Cool Hand Luke

"You're not too smart, are you? I like that in a man." - Body Heat

"We're going to need a bigger boat." - Jaws


Why so serious? - Joker, The Dark Knight


I think we need a reading comprehension course. He said 21st century.


Dare I say:
"This is SPARTA!" - 300

- bigguy

Harry Callahan: I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking "did he fire six shots or only five?" Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?


"Good evening, Clarice." - Silence of the Lambs, 1991.
"Brooks Was Here." (Not technically a quote) - Shawshank Redemption. 1994.
"Does he look like a bitch?!" Pulp Fiction. 1994.
"I want you to hit me as hard as you can." Fight Club. 1999.
"There is no spoon." The Matrix. 1999
"Are you not entertained?!", "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next. " Gladiator. 2000.
"Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything." Sin City. 2005.
"I drink your milkshake." There Will Be Blood. 2007
"You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'." Inglorious Basterds. 2009.

MITBeta @ Don't Feed the Alligators

"You can't handle the truth!"